How to Make a Magic Wrap Skirt Pattern

    by Sarah Vrba

    About the Author

    Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.


    Magic wrap skirts can be worn dozens of different ways, from a traditional wrap around the hips to a cute summer top. These skirts utilize two contrasting fabrics so that they can be worn with either side out, displaying a completely different look. Taking the time to create a well-measured pattern will make a magic wrap skirt complement your personal measurements.

    Things You'll Need

    • Measuring tape
    • Pencil
    • Newspapers or butcher's paper
    • Scissors

    Take Measurements

    Measure the circumference of your waist. The waist measurement will be just above the hip bone and will be measured in a straight line around the entirety of your waist. Add 2 inches to this measurement.

    Measure the length you would like the skirt to be. Normally a magic wrap skirt will hit your leg just below the knee. Add 1 1/2 inches to this measurement.

    Divide the waist measurement in half. Half of this measurement will be allotted to the front panel of the magic wrap pattern. The remaining half of the measurement will be divided into two equal halves for the back panels. For example, if your waist measurement is 32 inches, then the front panel will be 16 inches wide and the two back panels will each be 8 inches wide.

    Add 5 or 6 inches to the front panel waist measurement to obtain the bottom hem width of the front panel. Add 3 to 4 inches to the back panel measurement to get the hemline amount for both of the back panels.

    Draw the Pattern

    Spread out the newspapers or butcher's paper on a wide, flat surface.

    Sketch out the three panels, the single front panel and the two back panels, separately on the paper. Use all of the measurements you obtained to make three panels with an a-line shape and a slight curve at the bottom hem. The front panel will be twice as big as each back panel. Measure the spacing of the four corners of each panel with a ruler before connecting them.

    Cut out the pattern using scissors.

    • When making the wrap skirt, be sure to cut out all three panels twice, each on a different color fabric, so that you will have two of each skirt section.

    Photo Credits

    • beautiful blonde in red skirt on the beach image by Olga Sapegina from